• UPDATE: Centralia water leak leads to call for conservation

    by  • May 13, 2013

    Due to a major water leak at the Centralia Water Treatment facility, residents and commercial water users are being asked to voluntarily conserve water for the next 24-48 hours. The City asks that Centralia water customers limit their water use to necessary commercial and residential activities only and suspend activities such as watering your...

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    Centralia teen injured in weekend one-car accident

    by  • May 13, 2013

    A 17-year-old Centralia woman was airlifted late Saturday night to a St. Louis area hospital following a one car accident on South Commercial Street in Central City. According to Central City Police Chief Mike Berger, Ariel Davenport appeared to have been traveling at an excessive rate of speed when just before 11 p.m., Saturday,...

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    Motorcyclist injured in weekend accident

    by  • May 13, 2013

    According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, a 43-year-old Centralia man was injured Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle crashed on Madison Street near Ninth Street in Junction City. Deputies say John Felty was traveling northbound on Madison when he lost control of his bike and it lay down on the road. Felty then slid...

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    Two Mt. Vernon businesses fail compliance checks

    by  • May 13, 2013

    Two Mount Vernon establishments find themselves in trouble with the law after an undercover compliance check. Amelia Ellis, 21, who is an employee of the Crossing Bar, and 69-year-old Clara Rutherford, an employee of the Hideout Bar in Mount Vernon, were found to be in violation of liquor laws after allegedly serving underage patrons....

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    Civic Federation calls for long-range finance plans

    by  • May 13, 2013

    A Chicago-based watchdog group says Illinois must have a long-range plan to address its shaky finances, including the nation’s worst pension problem. The Civic Federation released a report Monday that says it supports go. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget but that it’s only a “stopgap” measure. Civic federation president Laurence Msall says a long-range plan...

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    Man ordrered held without bond in fatal Percy fire

    by  • May 13, 2013

    Randolph County prosecutors charged Derrick Twardoski on Friday with four first-degree murder counts linked to the blaze early that day in Percy. State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker says he doesn’t consider the fire random, though he’s declined to detail what led investigators to Twardoski or any relationship he may have had with the victims. A...

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